Back in 2016, Nintendo teased their newest videogame console, the Nintendo Switch to launch in March of the next year. The Switch name was appropriate, as we’d come to know, since the unit could be played in several different “modes”: attached to a TV, on a tabletop, and handheld. The console featured a pair of detachable controllers (Joy-Cons), which give the Switch its distinctive logo and clicking slide-in animation for branding.
Well, it’s 2019 now, and Nintendo being Nintendo has introduced its newest model in the Switch family, the Nintendo Switch Lite. Unlike its older, larger brother, the Switch Lite is not “switchable” and basically only has one mode: handheld. So like the first Nintendo 2DS (DS once stood for “Dual Screen”, though Nintendo would also say “Developers’ System”) with only one screen, the Switch Lite loses much of the meaning of its name. The Switch Lite also loses the distinctive detachable Joy-Cons, instead opting for having the control sticks and buttons integrated into the unit, and also losing the unique HD Rumble feature and IR camera. Basically it’s a modern day Nintendo Game Boy or Sony PSP.
The upcoming console will be able to play Nintendo Switch games that are compatible with the handheld mode. Out of the box, this leaves out games such as Mario Party and 1-2 Switch, and somewhat diminishes the appeal of games such as Super Mario Odyssey (as the cap throwing mechanic is better with detached Joy-Cons), Fire Emblem: Three Houses (which is the first Fire Emblem game for home console since 2007’s Fire Emblem Radiant Dawn), and Pokémon Sword and Shield (which is the first mainline Pokémon game for a home console).
Well, at least the Switch Lite has a proper D-pad on the left side…
The Switch Lite will be available on September 20 in three colors: yellow, gray, and turquoise for $199.99 a piece.
There will be a Pokémon edition of the Switch Lite released on 11/08, just before the new Pokémon games are released (11/15):
Here is the announcement video: